Trainee / Student Counsellors

Trainee / Student Counsellors

Undertaking personal therapy is an important part of the development of any trainee/student counsellor and it is the essential element in enabling growth and self-awareness to take place.  I am a passionate believer in the benefit of personal therapy for trainee/student counsellors and believe that the more self awareness we have the more present we will be as therapists with our clients.

 Why is it so important?

  • It enables growth and self awareness to take place
  • It offers trainee/student counsellors the opportunity to find any blind spots they may have
  • It offers trainee/student counsellors the opportunity to explore any unresolved issues from their past
  • It ensures therapists will be able to separate their own personal issues from those of their clients when they manifest themselves in the therapeutic relationship
  • This in turn enables therapists to be more present and focused with their clients


Diploma Humanistic Counselling – Chichester University 2006

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling – Chichester University 2008.

My Counselling Model and How I work

I am a Humanistic Counsellor and this is my core mode of working.  I focus on the here and now with a firm belief that everyone is an individual in their own right with a capacity to change, grow and heal given the right circumstances and environment.  Whislt this is the focus of my work I will be interested and curious as to your background and family of origin as our present is informed by our past especially by our attachment style and by any unresolved issues.  Our work will also look at any uncounsious processes that may be taking place either within our counselling relationship or within your PPD/Experiential Group work which can sometimes mirror life in the outside world.

I believe  he therapeutic relationship is the heart of the therapy and my aim is to offer you a safe and supportive space where you can talk about issues that might be affecting you as well as reflecting on your own processes and explore anything that may emerge for you as a result of your training.

 Why Choose Shirley Baxter

  • I am a Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
  • Accredited Member of BACP since November 2009
  • I have been working with Student Counsellors since 2009


  • PPD/Experiential Group
    • Reflecting on what might be happening for you within the group process can be helpful and can bring many insights.  It is important to remember that the focus of our work from this perspective will be entirely on you and how you are impacted rather than on the other members of the group.
  • Supervision
    • There may be times that it is more appropriate to talk about what is happening for you with your clients as part of your personal therapy, and your Supervisor may direct you back to me to enable a greater depth of exploration to take place.  Like wise I may at times signpost you back to your Supervisor if I feel something will be more appropriately covered in Supervision.

My Policy

  • My policy is to see no more than 1 student from any one year who are on the same course
  • Confidentiality is paramount and it is good practice to not use names if you are referring to other students on your course
  • I will not be able to read through nor assist you in the writing of your assignments
  • I understand and appreciate that for some trainee/student counsellors it is their preference to stay with one therapist throught out the course, whilst for others they would prefer to change and experience another counsellor or a different type of modality.  I am flexible and can accomodate both options.
  • I appreciate that some trainee/students are happy to undertake additional sessions beyond the required number that need to be signed off and I can accomodate this at the continued reduced fee.
  • I take very seriously the importance of personal therapy for students wishing to become counsellors.  If you are not of this mind and see coming to counselling as an exercise in ticking boxes in order to meet the course requirements, then I am not the Counsellor for you as I will not be able to sign off sessions if I believe you have not made good use of them.

Fees for Counselling Students

Reduced Fees are available for Students who have a requirement to undertake personal therapy as part of their training.  I am not able to offer a reduced fee for students undertaking a Level 3/Certificate Counselling Skills Course

Assessment                £40.00

Follow on Sessions   £50.00

See  Fees

What to do next

If you would like to book an Assessment or feel you need to ask some me some questions please visit the  contact page.

The Assessment is a full 50 minute session which gives us time to explore if I am the right counsellor for you.

Daytime appointments are availble for Students as follows

Portsmouth – Monday between 08.00am and 5.00pm or Thursday between 08.00am and 5.00pm

Westbourne – Tuesday between 08.00am and 2.00pm or Wednesday between 08.00am and 12.00pm


Availability 2018-2019

Chichester University Counselling Students

I have space for 1 Year One student.

Years Two, Three & Four September 2018 – NO AVAILABILITY

Other Training Organisations – If you are a Level 4 or Diploma Counselling Student within an other training organisations and would like to work with me, please contact me.